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New MoMA Exhibit Explores A Different Side Of Miro



Joan Miro may be one of the most recognizable artists of the 20th century. A new exhibit at Museum of Modern Art opening this weekend, shows a very different side of the artist. NY1's Stephanie Simon spoke with his grandson about the exhibit and filed the following report.

There are myriad sides to the Spanish artist Miro. There's the well-known lyrical painter seen in this work in the lobby of MoMA. There's the rebellious artist shown just a few floors up in this new exhibition called Juan Miro: Painting and Anti Painting.

Then there's the Miro that his grandson knew.

"He was a distant man," said grandson Joan Punyet Miro. "He was not normal. He was a very mystical creature."

Punyet Miro said his grandfather was inspired by everyday objects.
"Of course, he was going to restaurants. He was stealing napkins, putting it in his pocket, going to his sculpting studio the next morning, with the small napkin and creating a two-meter high bronze sculpture," said Punyet Miro.

Joan Punyet Miro was just 15 when his grandfather died in 1983. And while this new exhibit at MoMA shows a lesser known period of his grandfather's work, Punyet Miro calls it an important statement about him.

"Miro was the poet of pure and humble object," said the grandson. "He thought that the reason of life was living in the most insignificant objects in your everyday existence. So he took the napkin and the wishbone of a chicken and a normal napkin, whatever thing had an original shock for him and took it to the studio."

From 1927 to 1937, Miro created what he called Anti-Paintings. Curator Anne Umland says during that time Miro created radically-new art.

"Using flat, already-made, no shading of perspective depth, but contradictory indicators," said Umlad of his works. "He created a different sport of space by using distortions and unrealistic colors to change the notion of what a painting could be."

One of the many ways Miro rebelled against traditional painting was by signing his name on the back of the canvas, and once and awhile, hiding his signature within the painting.

The show is up now through January 12th.


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The site near the High Line in the meatpacking district where the Whitney Museum of American Art plans to break ground next year.



By CAROL VOGEL
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After 25 years of false starts, the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art has taken a step that will redefine the 80-year-old institution. It voted on Tuesday afternoon to begin construction on a building in the meatpacking district in Manhattan, to be completed by 2015, that will vastly increase the size and scope of the museum.

The vote was unanimous. Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s director, said after the meeting, “A year from now we will be breaking ground.”

...Without room to grow uptown, and without the income necessary to run two museums, the Whitney now faces the question of what to do with the Breuer building — which may end up being shared, at least temporarily, by another institution, perhaps the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The board met not at the museum, as it usually does, but in a conference room at the Standard Hotel on Washington Street, a block and a half from the new site. During the two-hour meeting, Leonard A. Lauder — the Whitney’s chairman emeritus and largest benefactor, and until now an opponent of the project — surprised everyone by voting in favor of the new building. Indeed, although there have been rumors for weeks that Mr. Lauder was considering resigning if the project went ahead, he spoke passionately in favor of it at the meeting.

“Downtown is a new city, a new nation. Why shouldn’t the Whitney be the museum of record there?” Mr. Lauder said in an interview.

He cited several reasons for his change of heart. In addition to the board’s having raised more money than was anticipated, and having done it more quickly, he said, “there is no better time to build than now, with construction costs and interest rates at an all-time low.”

“There is a new generation of people who have come on the board who are not rooted to the past,” Mr. Lauder said. “It would be unfair for someone like me who grew up near the Whitney to believe it should stay there.”
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The on-again, off-again decision to build a downtown branch of the Whitney Museum of American Art is back on again. The museum’s board voted Tuesday to begin construction of a new building in New York’s white-hot meatpacking district on a site next to the High Line entrance.

Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which also designed the Whitney’s now-cancelled uptown expansion, in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners, the new $680 million museum is expected to break ground a year from now with completion in 2015.

In concert with its decision to build downtown, the museum will be selling a group of brownstones adjacent its Marcel Breuer-designed Madison Avenue building, virtually precluding future expansion there. No word yet as to what will become of the uptown building, except to say that the Whitney Board is currently in talks with The Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding that institution’s use of the Breuer building as it undergoes a major renovation of its own.

The downtown Whitney will be a six-storey, 195,000-square foot, metal-clad building featuring a dramatic cantilevered entrance. It will house more than 50,00 square feet of galleries and 13,000 square feet of rooftop exhibition space together will classrooms, a research library, art conservation labs and multi-use indoor-outdoor space for film, video and performance art. It will also include a restaurant, café and bookstore.

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DEC. 29, 2010 - JAN. 5, 2011


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The Whitney Museum’s executive director gave Community Board 2’s Institutions and Art Committee an updated look Monday at designs for the new museum planned for Gansevoort St. at the High Line’s south end.

Whitney Director Adam Weinberg said the museum was on track to acquire the city-owned site in early 2011, begin demolition of existing structures in February and hold an official groundbreaking on May 24.

Completion is expected in 2015, but Weinberg could not be more specific.

Although details like the exterior color of the Renzo Piano-designed museum have not yet been decided, Whitney executives said the museum’s highest elevation will now be 166 feet, a bit shorter than originally proposed.

Piano is also designing the High Line maintenance-and-operations building, which will connect to the elevated park but not to the museum. The “M & O” building should be completed by the same time as the museum, Weinberg said.

Members of the committee, chaired by David Gruber, waxed enthusiastic at the presentation of a new Whitney that will be returning to the neighborhood it left in 1930, when it moved from W. Eighth St. to the Upper East Side.

“This is the best project I’ve ever seen since I’ve been on the board,” said committee member David Reck.
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Mayor Buys First Ticket to Shiny New Museum of the Moving Image


The faceted facade of the new MOMI expansion


By Matt Chaban
January 13, 2011

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L.A. may have Hollywood, but New York has the Museum of the Moving Image, the only institution in the country dedicated exclusively to the history of film. Not the movie stars and memorabilia, though the museum does that, too, but actual film.

MOMI just dedicated a new expansion that nearly doubles its size to 97,700 square feet, creating more room for its expansive archives as well as three new theaters in which to view all those films, videos, slides and broadcasts.

"From the days of Edison to the Internet, no force has done more than the moving image to transform the world, socially, culturally and economically," Moving Image Chairman Herbert S. Schlosser said in a release. "The one place where people can get an entertaining yet informed experience of this phenomenon as a whole is at our Museum. Now we have facilities that are as multifaceted and exciting as the stories that we tell."

The museum rolled out the red carpet for the city's political A-list at the dedication—though MOMI is run by a non-profit, the building is owned by the city, and $55 million of the $67 million expansion budget came from public sources, chiefly the city's Department of Cultural Affairs. Among those pausing for the paparazzi were Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Queens Councilman and Cultural Affairs Committee chair Jimmy Van Bramer, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Cultural Affairs commissioner Kate D. Levin, Thomas Leeser, the architect of the expansion, and, of course, Hizzoner.

“The museum’s state-of-the-art expansion in Astoria will allow it to provide new exhibition and screening space and the capacity to double the number of students that its education center serves," Mayor Bloomberg said. "It is an example of the kind of substantial investments we continue to make in New York City’s cultural institutions, which benefit New Yorkers and, last year, helped us attract a record number of visitors.”

The museum reopens to the public this Saturday.

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The faceted facade of the new MOMI expansion


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awwww thats a let down, it would have been nice near Lincoln Center or the Tribeca Film Festival theater...
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This is actually in a very cool area of Long Island City. Plus, the Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park are not too far away. Or the PS1 Contemporary Art Center.
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This is actually in a very cool area of Long Island City. Plus, the Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park are not too far away. Or the PS1 Contemporary Art Center.
Not to mention Kaufman Astoria Studios next door (home to Sesame Street!).
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I just visited the Museum of the Moving Image. Its awesome and worth checking out!
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Space Shuttle to Land in Manhattan






Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum President Susan Marenoff-Zausner, holding Champagne, and other museum staff,
react to the announcement of NASA’s space shuttle Enterprise to be retired at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.


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A space shuttle is coming to Manhattan, but not one of the three that have carried astronauts into orbit.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is getting the fourth shuttle, the Enterprise, according to a person who had been briefed on the decision.

The Enterprise was the consolation prize in the contest to obtain one of the three orbiters that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans to give away after wrapping up the Space Shuttle program. One of those three, the Discovery, has been promised to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. It would be displayed at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, near Washington Dulles International Airport.

The Enterprise, which was the first shuttle built though it never flew into space, is currently on display there.

NASA’s administrator, Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., is scheduled to announce where the retired shuttles are going during a news conference in Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

Intrepid museum officials have said they plan to house the shuttle in a building they will construct on Pier 86, next to the decommissioned aircraft carrier that houses the museum. They have estimated that the shuttle could draw as many as a million sightseers to the city. To make room, the museum would probably have to move a retired Concorde supersonic jet that now sits on the end of the pier, which juts into the Hudson River.

Now comes the hard part: raising the money to pay for the Enterprise. The space agency’s latest estimate of the cost of preparing and delivering one of the used shuttles was $28.8 million; the Enterprise, which is already on display, should require less work. Intrepid officials have not yet identified any sources of funds for the project and city officials have indicated to them that the city is in no position to offer much financial assistance.

New York’s two senators, Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, lobbied hard for New York City to get one of the shuttles. But they were in a fierce competition with elected officials from several other states, including Florida, Texas, Ohio and Washington.


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The prototype space shuttle Enterprise flies over New York on June 10, 1983, on its return trip from Europe. The shuttle was mounted atop a Boeing 747.

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Queens Museum of Art starts expansion plan to double space by 2013



Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Queens Museum of Art Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl (to his right) join other city officials kicking off the expansion project Tuesday.

BY Nicholas Hirshon
April 13th 2011

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The Queens Museum of Art formally kicked off a massive expansion Tuesday to double its size by 2013, marking yet another transformation of a World's Fair relic.

Amid the hum of construction, Mayor Bloomberg said that breaking ground on the 50,000-square-foot space with other elected officials was a "highlight."

The long-awaited, $65 million project will allow more space for galleries and events. Plans also call for a new café and gift shop.

"This really is a wise investment in our city's future," Bloomberg said.

After donning a hardhat and shoveling dirt for the cameras, Borough President Helen Marshall gushed that the expansion will be "absolutely spectacular."

"We're all experiencing history," she said. "It's a privilege for all of us to be here and witness it."

The institution for years shared its building - a remnant of both the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs and one-time home to the United Nations - with an ice-skating rink.

The rink relocated a few years ago, clearing the way for the museum's expansion into the other half of the New York City Building.

To make the museum more visible from the Grand Central Parkway, crews will relocate trees that line the structure's western side.


It's just the latest in decades of renovations for the former pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair, which boasted the futuristic theme, "Building the World of Tomorrow."

"Yet again, that is precisely what the Queens Museum is doing - building our 'world of tomorrow,' " said museum President Gretchen Werwaiss.

The museum's chairman, Alan Suna, who is also CEO of Silvercup Studios, said the expansion will make the space "the pride of Queens."

Bloomberg said the expanded museum will become a stop for locals and tourists in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

"Cultural institutions are also for people who live right here, for us," he told the crowd, which included a local school group.
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...Sure, New York is the biggest city in the country. But the shuttle Discovery was already slated to go to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which is just four hours away, in Washington, D.C. And New York’s Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, which will get the atmospheric test shuttle Enterprise, is not widely respected.

Take Phil Plait, the astronomer who writes Discovery’s Bad Astronomy blog.

“(T)he Intrepid museum in NYC is a bit of a head-scratcher,” he wrote Wednesday. “(W)hile the museum does get a lot of visitors, I’m wondering why the Johnson Space Center in Houston didn’t get an Orbiter. That seems like a more natural choice, especially given that three of the Orbiters wound up on the east coast.”

People generally seem more accepting of the choices of Florida’s Kennedy Space Center as the home for Atlantis and the California Science Center, in Los Angeles, for Endeavour.

The fact that Intrepid is getting the shuttle that didn’t fly in space would seem an indication that it was the lowest-ranking of the winners. But it still beat out all the other candidates, including every non-coastal site.

Many comments on Plait’s post mirrored his take, but in stronger words, including: “NYC makes no sense,” “it’s a travesty” and “the middle of the country got hosed.”

But New York also had its defenders, with comments such as: “the top tourist destination in the US is New York for both foreign and domestic tourists,” “far more people will see the shuttle in New York, and that’s really the point of sending them to museums” and “More people will see the Enterprise in a year in NYC than in a decade if it were sitting in Houston.”
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After Winning Coveted Shuttle, Museum Changes the Plan for It


Officials hope to build a museum to house the shuttle Enterprise on a parking lot opposite the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
The new plan faces several obstacles, and one lawmaker says NASA may have to revisit its selection process.


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...five months after the Intrepid was awarded the shuttle Enterprise, museum officials have turned their attention from the end of the newly revamped pier to a parking lot on 12th Avenue, across the cacophonous West Side Highway. They envision converting the lot, which is surrounded by H & H Bagels, a car wash, storage warehouses and a strip club, into a space-themed museum that would serve as the home of the Enterprise and draw as many as one million visitors a year.

The museum’s president, Susan Marenoff-Zausner, said in an interview that she envisioned a museum “with the shuttle as the primary tenant” but also with classrooms and laboratories for teaching schoolchildren and others about science and technology. “It would be a museum on that side of the highway, which we think could be a linchpin in beautifying the area,” she said.



The Enterprise in 2003 at a Smithsonian Institution center in Virginia. The shuttle is scheduled to move to New York next year.
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Spectacular: A grand exhibit hall for the Enterprise shuttle, built across the street from the Intrepid,
would make the city home to the most important space museum in the Northeast.



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Last April, New York City won a snazzy prize. Amid fierce competition, NASA chose the Intrepid Museum on the Hudson as the home for the space shuttle Enterprise. Now the price of poker has gone up: Museum officials want to build a grand annex to house the bird, along with a beefed-up space and science program.

What a tremendous cultural and educational boon for the city. We’d finally have our own premier space-and-science center. How cool is that?

But the hurdles are huge. If New Yorkers want to see the plan become reality, they’ll need to get behind it quickly and aggressively, and make sure the opportunity doesn’t slip by.

On the drawing board: a spectacular 75,000-square-foot glass structure on what is now a parking lot across 12th Avenue, near the museum’s home aboard USS Intrepid -- the storied World War II-era aircraft carrier docked at Pier 86 near West 46th Street. The shuttle would be the main attraction, but the building would also offer other exhibits, interactive displays, classrooms and labs for educational programs, a rooftop cafe and other amenities.
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